Ericameria nauseosa

Ericameria nauseosa, Rubber Rabbitbrush, Bald Hill Spring, Black Range (9/10/2017)
Rubber Rabbitbrush (aka Gray Rabbitbrush) is a plant of western North America,
being found in the three southwestern provinces of Canada, the Plains and west
in the United States, and northwestern Mexico .  It has undergone significant evolutionary
change, there are at least 24 subspecies/varieties, 13 of which are found in
New Mexico - no attempt is made to identify this specimen below the
species level.  Some authorities argue that there are two subspecies and all of
the others are varieties of one or the other of the two subspecies.  This plant
was used by (at least) the Apache as a dye, see photo below taken at the Farm & Ranch
Museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico on March 24, 2017.

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Rabbit Brush Dye (Chamisa) Exhibit at the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA




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